The Wellington Art Society is thrilled to begin its 42nd year with their first meeting of the season on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. The meeting will take place at the Wellington Community Center, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, FL. It will open with a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m., followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting. The event will conclude with a presentation by local artist Heather Bergstrom on “How to Turn Your Passion into A Side Hustle or Career”. The public is invited. COVID-19 protocols will be observed. For more information contact: Laura Jaffe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heather Bergstrom has spent a lifetime pursuing her passion and skill as an artist. Her favorite mediums are graphite, charcoal and acrylic paint. She loves to tell stories with her art, painting poignant scenes which translate into universal feelings of contentment, nostalgia, or joie de vivre.
Heather is originally from New Haven, Connecticut where she worked in the public school system. Several years ago, she and her family moved to Florida where she got a job at a local private school. Throughout her career, she never lost her enthusiasm for art. When she wasn’t working, she was creating. In fact, during her lunchbreaks she was often found drawing in the teachers’ lounge. As more and more people started asking to buy her art, it dawned on her that this might be a nice way to make a little extra cash. In her free time, she began slowly building a portfolio of works, a website and a social media presence.
Then the global pandemic forced schools to shut down, leaving many people, including Heather, without a job. Though this was a difficult time, Heather saw it as an opportunity to grow her art side hustle into a full-time career: A dream that she previously thought would have to wait until retirement.
Around this time, Heather met master artist, Laurie Snow Hein, through the Wellington Art Society. Laurie appreciated Heather’s passion and business sense and hired her practically on the spot as her assistant. Heather says, “meeting Laurie was providential. I have learned so much from her experience as a professional artist and have applied that knowledge to my own art business.” Now Heather enjoys sharing her art marketing expertise with other creatives.
Heather Bergstrom is an active Board member of the Wellington Art Society and serves on the Marketing Team. In 2020, she received the People’s Choice Award at the South Florida Fair and in 2021 she received the People’s Choice Award for the “Wonders of Art” Exhibition at Wellington Community Center. To learn more about her, please visit her website at www.HeatherBergstrom.art and follow her on social media @HeatherBergstromArt.
The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 42nd year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their artwork in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art. For further information about the Wellington Art Society, please visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.